You know how the old addage goes: “Out with the old, in with the new”. Bye Bye 2010 and Hello 2011! I am READY for something NEW.
Don’t get me wrong there were good parts for sure: Living in TN and experiencing life there with my little family, traveling across the country (with moving truck and 10mo old) coming “home” so our daughter could get to know her extended family, and living at a lake for the entire summer. Also during this year, my daughter had her 1st B-day, crawled, swam, walked, talked (a LOT), started music class (she loves to sing and dance), and fell in love with the Sesame Street gang (Abby, Elmo, and Cookie to name a few). It is my joy and honor to watch her learn and grow and develop who she is. On another front, I started my 2nd novel and wrote approx 60,000 words (which isn’t too terribly bad considering I moved 3 times and have been chasing a toddler around). Unfortunately, I have yet to complete my 1st novel but am looking forward to it this next year (more on that later).
So as you can see, some great things happened this year and a lot of FIRSTS experienced with my little girl. Those things I will cherish! There were also things that I am looking forward to moving passed and leaving behind. Now I know that the struggles and dark times in our lives help shape and form who we are based on our responses and choices, but does that mean that I want to go through them? HELL NO! No more on that. It’s time to look forward. It’s time to evaluate what I want to accomplish and believe for in this new year. Yes, it’s just another day in the timeline of our lives and is merely psychological, but it’s a milestone marker. I believe we need these markers to help guide our way and see where we’ve been and to take stock of our lives and evaluate the type of people we have become. Do we continue in the direction we have been going perhaps making minor adjustments or is it time to correct and change paths?
First off, I am inspired by Ali Edwards “One Little Word”. I started this last year and was inspired to do pick a word for this year. I think I might even take her OLW class. After much thought and meditation, my word for this year is BECOME.
ME: These are goals for me. Now that might sound selfish, but I believe I am only able to give as much as I have or am and if I’m not taken care of, then I am not able to fully give to my hubby, to my daughter, to others, and to my craft.
- become more fully the me I am to be. Become and grow myself into ME as an individual, as a woman, as a wife, and as a mother.
- feel good about myself: eat better, exercise regularly, get “me” time.
- become DISCIPLINED and consistent with my creativity: writing, journaling, scrapping, etc.
FAMILY: Loving my family more and more in the ways that they need to be loved, not necessarily in the way I think they should. Spending more time nurturing, cultivating, playing, and simply LOVING my beautiful daughter who will be 2 this year.
EXPRESSIONS OF CREATIVITY: This could be titled “Work” but I want my work to be expressions of who I am, of my creativity.
- become and grow into a better writer. This also means becoming disciplined and consistent with a writing schedule.
- finish 1st novel, edits, revisions, and finally query!
- become more active in my other expressions: I want to be more free and learn to be more expressive and versatile with “journaling”. I also want to get back to “scrapping”.
This is just what I’ve been thinking about so far and I retain the right to alter and/or add to these at anytime throughout this year. It’s ok for
us me to fail, as long as we I keep trying! (see there I am making this personal to me 😉 I want to remember that life is made up of “the messy bits” and to not try to keep it so “clean”.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!